On this final day of the March Slice of Life Story Challenge, I’m thinking about how all the threads of my writing life connect.
This year I began an MFA program in Writing for Children and Young Adults, and I’ve committed to reading and writing at least 25 hours a week—both critical and creative projects.
As a co-author at Two Writing Teachers, I’m posting at least once a month on topics connected to the teaching of writers.
Slice of life writing (almost) daily during the month of March and on as many Tuesdays as possible across the year (not enough Tuesdays, but I’m working on it) add another layer.
A sane person with healthy boundaries would probably take one or more of these writing pieces off their plate, but I love all these parts of my writing life for different reasons. Each layer gives me an opportunity to exercise different writing muscles.
Each thread challenges me to be open and constantly on the lookout for ideas for writing, whether that’s instructional inspiration from teaching or coaching, a creative spark for a picture book or novel, or that flash during the day that I can imagine playing out as a slice of life story on the page.
Crafting such a wide variety of pieces requires intentionality. Purpose, audience, and craft are always front of mind when moving between so many projects. I’m constantly making decisions as a writer that can only sharpen my skills across all types of writing.
So while it might feel at times as if all I do is write. . . I know this is how I will continue to grow. This is what it means to pursue the writing life I need to feel like myself, and I am all in.